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Postgraduate Course in Polymer Science
The 12th and 13th runs of this course will be held in the academic years 2007–2008 and 2008–2009 at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, in Prague. The courses are sponsored by UNESCO with minor financial assistance from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The institute, with more than 100 scientists and offering more than 40 years of experience in postgraduate education, offers up-to-date facilities for postgraduate training in polymer science.
Between 5 and 13 students have participated in the 11 sessions of the course that have been so far completed, with the number of students varying based on the funds that have been available. The course lasts 10 months and comprises about 50 hours of lectures in modern polymer science, including an introduction to the nomenclature and terminology recommended by IUPAC, experimental work on research projects under the supervision of senior scientists of the institute, and participation in all educational activities within the institute. The results of the research are published in international technical journals and presented at meetings. All told, the course has had 85 participants and boasts 119 papers published in international journals and 167 communications at international meetings.
This project is supported by IUPAC and is intended to enable young university graduates and Ph.D.s from countries with limited research facilities to acquire knowledge on recent advances in polymer science and given them the professional skills needed for to promote polymer science in their home countries.
For detailed information on the course, see www.imc.cas.cz/en/imc/unesco.html.
For more information and comments, please contact Task Group Chairperson Pavel Kratochvíl <[email protected]>.
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